`Change policy on appointment of vigilance panel chief'

Special Correspondent

CUDDALORE: : The Chidambaram MP E. Ponnusami, has urged the Centre to change the policy on appointment of chairmanto the Vigilance Monitoring Committee in the district.

This committee monitors villagedevelopment schemes being implemented through the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA).

Mr. Ponnusami said that it had almost been a year since the committee met to take stock of the situation.

The panel assumes significance as the DRDA was entrusted with 23 village development schemes. Among them, the Centre identified road, water, electricity, transport, health centres, public distribution system and education as primary thrust areas.

The point of contention was that the Centre was following a policy that permitted only the Minister of the district to become the chairperson. The Union Minister of State for Law and Cuddalore MP, Venkatapathi, was appointed chairman.

But owing to his preoccupations, the Minister was not able to convene a panel meeting in the past one year. Mr. Ponnusami said in his capacity as the panel's co-chairman, he sought details of the schemes being implemented.

While he represented six Assembly segments in Cuddalore district, Mr. Venkatapathi represented only three. It defied logic why an MP representing the largest area was devoid of power to convene the meeting and assess the works.

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